Sunday, June 3, 2012

George Harrison All Things Must Pass


All Things Must Pass [BOXED EDITION]

#437 on Rolling Stone's Top 500 albums of all time.

All Things Must Pass is a triple album by George Harrison, recorded and released in 1970, the first solo work from him since the break-up of The Beatles in April that year. The original vinyl release featured two LPs of rock songs as well as Apple Jam, a third disc of informal jams. All Things Must Pass was the first triple album released by a solo artist, if not the first three-record set in the history of rock music.

In regards to the album's size, Harrison stated: "I didn't have many tunes on Beatles records, so doing an album like All Things Must Pass was like going to the bathroom and letting it out."

The album was critically acclaimed and, with long stays at number 1 in both the US and the UK, commercially successful. It was certified 6x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in 2001.

Harrison had been accumulating the songs he recorded for the album as far back as 1966; both "Art of Dying" and "Isn't It a Pity" date from that year. He picked up several more songs in late 1968 while visiting Bob Dylan and The Band in Woodstock, New York. Harrison and Dylan co-wrote "I'd Have You Anytime" and "Nowhere to Go" (also known as "When Everybody Comes to Town") at this time, and Dylan showed him "I Don't Want to Do It". All three songs were attempted at some point in the sessions for All Things Must Pass, but only "I'd Have You Anytime" was included in the album.

The January 1969 Get Back sessions saw early appearances of several other songs that would be considered for All Things Must Pass, including the title track, "Hear Me Lord", "Isn't It a Pity", "Let It Down" and "Window, Window", but nothing came of them at the time. The tense atmosphere fuelled another song, "Wah-Wah", which Harrison wrote in the wake of his temporary departure from the band. He began writing "My Sweet Lord" while touring with Delaney & Bonnie in late 1969, and would later utilize their backing group "Friends" as an important part of the All Things Must Pass sound. He made one last detour before beginning work on All Things Must Pass, visiting Dylan while the latter was starting sessions for New Morning in May 1970, learning "If Not for You" and participating in a now-bootlegged session

Original release
Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I'd Have You Anytime" George Harrison, Bob Dylan 2:56
2. "My Sweet Lord" Harrison 4:38
3. "Wah-Wah" Harrison 5:35
4. "Isn't It a Pity" (Version 1) Harrison 7:08
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "What Is Life" Harrison 4:22
6. "If Not for You" Dylan 3:29
7. "Behind That Locked Door" Harrison 3:05
8. "Let It Down" Harrison 4:57
9. "Run of the Mill" Harrison 2:49
Side three
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Beware of Darkness" Harrison 3:48
2. "Apple Scruffs" Harrison 3:04
3. "Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)" Harrison 3:46
4. "Awaiting on You All" Harrison 2:45
5. "All Things Must Pass" Harrison 3:44
Side four
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "I Dig Love" Harrison 4:55
7. "Art of Dying" Harrison 3:37
8. "Isn't It a Pity" (Version 2) Harrison 4:45
9. "Hear Me Lord" Harrison 5:46
Side five (Apple Jam)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Out of the Blue" Al Aronowitz, Eric Clapton, Jim Gordon, Harrison, Bobby Keys, Jim Price, Carl Radle, Bobby Whitlock, Gary Wright 11:14
2. "It's Johnny's Birthday" (Based on "Congratulations") Bill Martin, Phil Coulter; new lyrics by Mal Evans, Harrison, Eddie Klein 0:49
3. "Plug Me In" Clapton, Gordon, Harrison, Dave Mason, Radle, Whitlock 3:18
Side six (Apple Jam)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
4. "I Remember Jeep" Ginger Baker, Clapton, Harrison, Billy Preston, Klaus Voormann 8:07
5. "Thanks for the Pepperoni" Clapton, Gordon, Harrison, Mason, Radle, Whitlock 5:31

The following musicians are credited on the 2001 release:

* Guitars: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Dave Mason
* Bass: Klaus Voormann, Carl Radle
* Orchestral arrangements: John Barham
* Keyboards: Gary Wright, Bobby Whitlock, Billy Preston, Gary Brooker
* Drums and percussion: Ringo Starr, Jim Gordon, Alan White, Phil Collins, Ginger Baker
* Harmonica: George Harrison
* Pedal steel guitar (with talk box): Pete Drake
* Tenor saxophone: Bobby Keys
* Trumpet: Jim Price
* Rhythm guitars and percussion: Badfinger
* Rhodes piano and backing vocals ("I Live for You") and ("My Sweet Lord (2000)"): Dhani Harrison
* Tambourine ("My Sweet Lord (2000)"): Ray Cooper
* Additional lead vocals ("My Sweet Lord (2000)"): Sam Brown
* Tea; sympathy and tambourine: Mal Evans
* Produced by George Harrison and Phil Spector
* Engineered by Ken Scott and Phil McDonald

Engineers:

* Ken Scott & Phil McDonald

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